Maryborough’s blood donors celebrate as Mayor Mick Kruger awards the Bloodislow Cup to the Heritage City for the fourth time in the competition’s history.
Maryborough’s blood donors celebrate as Mayor Mick Kruger awards the Bloodislow Cup to the Heritage City for the fourth time in the competition’s history.

Blood cup returns to Marybh

MEMBERS of Maryborough’s 100 Club gathered at the hospital yesterday morning for a celebratory brekkie but it wasn’t their age they were celebrating.

The city’s regular blood donors joined with Fraser Coast Chronicle editor Peter Chapman and Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger to revel in the glory of winning the 2009 Bloodislow Cup.

For the fourth time, Maryborough blood donors out-bled their Hervey Bay rivals in the annual challenge to donate the most.

Thanks to people like 74-year-old Maryborough resident Berys Bentley, Maryborough’s donor centre recorded 4635 blood donations last year, an increase of nearly 10 per cent from the year before.

“I gave my 100th blood donation a couple of weeks ago.” Mrs Bentley said. “When I was nursing many years ago there was a young man with leukaemia who would come in every couple of weeks for a blood transfusion.

“I think that was the catalyst for me starting to donate.

“There is a terrific need for blood and I’ve donated regularly in the last few years.”

Since the Bloodislow Cup started in 2001 there has been a 153 per cent increase in blood donations on the Fraser Coast.

So far this year, Hervey Bay has achieved 6.6 per cent of its Bloodislow donation target, slightly ahead of Maryborough, which has reached 6 per cent of the target number.

Each donation can save three lives.

Donating blood is easy and doesn’t take much time. To make an appointment at a Fraser Coast donor centre call 13 14 95.



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